Best Aboriginal Experiences in New South Wales

New South Wales is home to a range of fascinating urban cultural experiences that offer an insight into the Aboriginal significance and history of many iconic Sydney landmarks. Best Aboriginal Experiences in New South Wales
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Best Aboriginal Experiences in New South Wales

New South Wales is home to a range of fascinating urban cultural experiences that offer an insight into the Aboriginal significance and history of many iconic Sydney landmarks.

Australian Museum – Indigenous Tourism Packages

Explore the diverse beliefs and cultures of Australia’s first people by joining an interactive didgeridoo and dance performance and personalised, guided tour of the Museum’s Indigenous Australians exhibition. Through authentic Indigenous voices, the Indigenous Australians exhibition illustrates the richness and diversity of Indigenous Australia and shows the impact of the past 200 years of European settlement.

Located in the heart of Sydney, the Australian Museum is the oldest museum in Australia and houses the largest natural science and cultural collection in the country. There are more than 18 million items on display including artefacts, boomerangs, clap sticks, dilly bags and didgeridoos.

australianmuseum.net.au

Royal Botanic Garden – Aboriginal Heritage Tour

The Aboriginal Heritage Tour at the Royal Botanic Garden offers a unique opportunity to learn about the diverse history and culture of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney area. Share in a first-hand perspective of the significance of the site on which the Royal Botanic Garden is situated, which is regarded as the ‘first frontier’ between Aboriginal and European societies. A 52-metre interpretive ‘storyline’ tells the Aboriginal history of Sydney from the Dreamtime to the present. The text on the storyline was compiled from a variety of sources including over 40 interviews with local Aboriginal people.

www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au

The Rocks, Sydney, NSW

Dreamtime Southern X – The Rocks Dreaming Aboriginal Heritage Tour

Take a 90-minute leisurely walkabout with an Aboriginal guide in The Rocks to explore the centre of Sydney from an Aboriginal perspective. Go on a journey into the Dreamtime to discover how ancient Aboriginal culture is still alive within the modern Sydney landscape. Hear how the billion-year old harbour, together with the marine environment, sandstone strata, waterways, and the regions flora and fauna continue to influence how Aboriginal people live today. Conveniently located in the heart of Sydney, this tour provides a great insight into Aboriginal culture, whilst also taking in many of the other fascinating sites of The Rocks area.

www.therocks.com

Taronga Zoo – Nura Diya 

Set on traditional Cammeraigal country in Sydney, Taronga Zoo has many amazing Aboriginal stories to share. Nura Diya, meaning “this country or camp”, takes you on a journey through Taronga Zoo with an Aboriginal guide who shares personal insights as well as the stories of Australian wildlife from a cultural perspective. Hear stories from the Dreamtime, describing the creation of the creatures and the landscape. Learn the centuries-old traditional uses of plants for food and medicine whilst interacting with unique Australian wildlife including koalas, kangaroos, wallabies and a vast array of Australian birds. Get up-close to wonderful Australian animals, whilst discovering Australia’s rich cultural heritage.

www.taronga.org.au

Sydney Harbour, Sydney, NSW

Eco Treasures

Eco Treasures offers an easily accessible urban Indigenous walking tour in Sydney. Meander along the shores of Sydney Harbour to check out ancient middens and rock engravings or head out to see the rock art, hand stencils, midden sites and engravings in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park. Try your hand at the clapping sticks and learn about the traditional native bush medicines and foods that have sustained Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Learn about Aboriginal culture with an expert guide whilst hearing their fascinating personal stories about the landscape and culture, and how the two are interlinked. Hear about both traditional and contemporary Aboriginal lifestyles to understand the continuum of their living culture.

www.ecotreasures.com.au

Waradah Aboriginal Centre

Waradah Aboriginal Centre is located in the World Heritage listed Blue Mountains National Park, just 90 minutes from Sydney. Watch Indigenous dancers, song men and didgeridoo players perform, in front of a backdrop of breathtaking artwork. With an emphasis on sharing Indigenous culture from across Australia, the Waradah performers entertain and educate with a compelling and memorable corroboree. The 1,000 square metre centre houses a magnificent art gallery where you can see a range of works from local Aboriginal artists as well as a large collection from the Central Desert region.

www.waradahaboriginalcentre.com.au

Walkabout Tours, Blue Mountains, NSW

Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout

Aboriginal Blue Mountains Walkabout offers an inspiring and educational journey into the Dreamtime just a one hour drive from Sydney. The six hour tour includes two hours of walking with a chance to spend time exploring ancient art sites and artefacts, learn about bush medicine, taste bush tucker, see wildlife and stunning scenery and connect with the Dreamtime through story, art, ritual and dance. In summer, you can paddle under a waterfall in a clear water billabong. In winter, you’ll enjoy lunch in a sunny sandstone cave by a warm, crackling log fire. You’ll also receive a poetic, artistic and written presentation of cultural wisdom to take home.

www.bluemountainswalkabout.com

Tri State Safaris – Mutawintji Eco Tours

Located in Broken Hill, New South Wales, Tri State Safaris – Mutawintji Eco Tours offer small group tours to Mutawintji National Park and surrounds. Located in the rugged Bynguano Ranges 130 kilometres north-east of the famous mining town of Broken Hill, the Mutawintji National Park is an area of great historical significance with beautiful gorges and majestic River Red Gums. Take an interpretive bush walk to see the rock engravings and hand stencil galleries, which serve as reminders of the many centuries of Aboriginal occupation of the area. The remnants of ancient fire places and stone tool making implements provide insights into the traditional Aboriginal way of life.

www.tristate.com.au

Harry Nanya Tours, Mungo National Park, NSW

Harry Nanya Tours

Journey through the World Heritage listed Mungo National Park with traditional Paakantyi man, Graham Clarke, owner of Harry Nanya Tours. Witness remarkable archaeological finds that point to occupation of Aboriginal people dating back over 40,000 years. Discover stone tools, grinders for making flour, a stone axe head, middens with shells, fish bones and evidence of hearths. Commencing in Mildura, Victoria or Wentworth in New South Wales you will depart for a scenic tour through the Willandra Lakes region out to the red sand plains. Full day tours run during the day in the cooler months of the year, and in the warmer months the tours take place in the afternoon and early evening.

www.harrynanyatours.com.au

Sand Dune Adventures

Located in Port Stephens, near Newcastle, in New South Wales, Sand Dune Adventures offer adventurous quad bike tours with a chance to experience Aboriginal culture as part of the adventure! Dig for fresh water and see one of the many Aboriginal Midden sites on the beach. Experience the magnificence of the Worimi Sand Dunes on Stockton Beach, riding from bush to beach with expert Aboriginal guides. Take in the wonders of the highest coastal sand dunes in the southern hemisphere, and the glorious views of the sweeping coastline whilst learning about the Aboriginal history of the land.

www.sandduneadventures.com.au

Galynyamba Friday Creek

Galnyamba Friday Creek Retreat is a small exclusive retreat located 25 minutes’ drive inland from Coffs Harbour. The Retreat’s name was given by the Gumbaynggirr people. It means ‘anciently respected place of spring water’.

Guests of the Retreat can participate in a range of half day to four day Aboriginal cultural experiences offered by the Gumbaynggirr people.  The Gumbaynggirr Elders will share stories that explain the interconnectedness of all living things - the elements the waters, the mountains and the nearby ocean; the animals and plants - and their relationships with each other and with us as custodians. 

www.fridaycreek.com

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Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park

Discover lunar landscapes and more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture in World-Heritage listed Mungo National Park. You won't see many landscapes as starkly prehistoric as Mungo National Park. This crinkled landscape of outcrops and shifting sand is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, a series of desiccated lakes that once stretched between Willandra Creek and the Lachlan River.

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Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Breathe deep in the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area - one million hectares of sandstone cliffs, bushland, waterfalls and eucalypt forest. Visit Wentworth Falls and the Three Sisters and go underground in Jenolan Caves. Do short bushwalks or longer hikes such as the Kanangra to Katoomba Walk or the Six Foot Track to Katoomba. Enjoy restaurants, retreats, and vibrant arts and events.

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Sydney Harbour National Park

Sydney Harbour National Park

Beyond its landmark buildings, Sydney Harbour National Park shelters secluded beaches, picturesque islands and rare pockets of native bushland. Swim, picnic and bushwalk along the spectacular foreshore or visit harbour islands on a ferry. Go sailing or kayaking, get up close to wildlife and discover ancient rock art and convict-built buildings. The harbour's bays, parks and headlands are also natural grandstands for some of Australia's biggest events, from New Year's Eve fireworks to the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

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Port Stephens

Port Stephens

Port Stephens is a large natural harbour in the Hunter Region of New South Wales around two and a half hours north of Sydney. With 26 golden sandy beaches, a bay that is more than twice the size of Sydney Harbour, and a mountainous, rainforest-fringed peninsula, Port Stephens is the perfect holiday destination. The Port Stephens region has three main areas: the Tomaree Peninsula, Tilligerry Peninsula and the Golden Bight, all surrounding the spectacular Port Stephens Bay. Here you can go four-wheel driving in the sand dunes, swim with dolphins, surf and snorkel, or explore nature in world-class national parks.

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